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Poor Turout At Anti-GST Rally Today

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KUALA LUMPUR – A rally against the newly-implemented Goods and Services Tax (GST) held in the city centre today, failed to reach the organiser’s desired target of one million participants.

An estimated 10,000 people participated in the rally, which ended at 5.30pm.

The participants, who gathered around the KLCC here , which was the final meeting point for the rally, began to disperse around 5pm.

They arrived at the KLCC around 4pm from several other initial locations to listen to speeches from some opposition leaders including PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu, PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli and DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke.

Earlier, the participants donning red t-shirts bearing anti-GST slogans, began to gather around the Sogo shopping centre, National Mosque, Masjid Jamek, Dataran Maybank, Central Market and Puduraya since 2.30pm, before walking to Dataran Merdeka and KLCC.

Some protesters were seen crashing into barriers put up by the police and other security personnel at Dataran Merdeka, and also hurled smoke bombs at the glass door of a bank in the Masjid Jamek area.

There were also protesters dressed in black creating chaos by hurling firecrackers and uttering harsh words.

However, the police managed to bring the situation under control.

Meanwhile, Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Tajudin Md Isa said no arrests had been made so far.

However, he said the police would investigate the smoke bombs and firecrackers incidents under Section 427 of the Penal Code (committing mischief).

In addition, investigation would also be made under Section 143 of the same code for unlawful assembly, he said. – BERNAMA

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